Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Toby Hegner came off the bench and led the way with 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range as the Creighton Bluejays got their first conference victory of the season by downing the St. John's Red Storm, 77-74, in a Big East Conference tilt at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
For the Blue Jays (10-12, 1-8 Big East), James Milliken added 17 points, Austin Chatman finished with 13 points and Rick Kreklow chipped in with 10 points.
D'Angleo Harrison led the Red Storm (13-7, 2-5) with 18 points, Jamal Branch scored 17 points before fouling out, Sir'Dominic Pointer posted a double- double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six assists, and Phil Greene IV scored 10 with six rebounds and five assists.
The Bluejays led at the break, 37-27, and used a 17-5 run late in the half to build their double-digit advantage. They shot 43.3 percent from the field in the frame, including an impressive 9-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Red Storm struggled from the floor, making just 34.5 percent of their field goal tries in the period, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range.
St. John's improved its shooting after intermission, hitting on 47.2 percent of its field goal tries, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range. Creighton shot just 40 percent in the second, including 4-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Red Storm opened the second half on a 15-2 run to take the lead. The teams went back and forth the rest of the half before the Bluejays went on top for good with under four minutes to play. A long 3-point try at the buzzer by Harrison caught iron but did not fall, as the Bluejays hung on for the victory.
Creighton got great production from its bench, outscoring the St. John's reserves, 44-22. The Red Storm had the edge on the boards, outrebounding the Bluejays 40-34 in the contest.